Sep 25, 2016

An Asteroid as Entered the Blogosphere… Should I Be Worried?

A commentary by Steven M. Tilley

The Asteroid to Earth "Say out my Way!!!!"
Earth to the Asteroid "Watch where you're going ... fool!!!"
 Image edited by Steven M. Tilley
(Disclaimer --  Earth and
asteroids CAN NOT talk)
 see the original (public domain) image
Planetoid crashing into primordial Earth  at
 Donald Davis' official site
About every few month or so an asteroid makes waves online.  This lead some people to panic. Before anyone panics and does something dumb. One should remember one of the secrets to life, breathe, in and out. Then remember anyone can post anything online. Some sources are better than others when it comes to asteroid information. Sources range from very useful to worse than useless.

First check for reliable information from some of the reliable sources such as the Minor Planet Center, NASA NEO Program Office at JPL, ESA's NEODyS (Near Earth Objects Dynamic Site), or The Tracking News.  The writer of this blog post is aware that are many people in the blogosphere who distrusts one or more of the name reliable sources.  The author suggests that they reexamine their stand. A significant number of individuals and organizations from around the world observe asteroids; these observations serve as a cross check. If someone or a group makes an error, the error would soon come to light with more observations. If there is nothing about the asteroid  from the name from reliable sources most likely, the story probably is wrong. 

Another thing to remember as  a story moves through the blogosphere they change like the "telephone game." The original story is misread, poorly translated, misunderstood, etc. then rewritten by other writers with the wrong information.  Then other writers then use the revised story as a source for new stories adding to the madness. One should seek out the original story(and see if is reliable).

When reading up ( and writing) about asteroids one should know the limits of one's knowledge base.  Some of bloggers and youtbers out there go way outside of their knowledge base; they think they "know" when they don't  "know."  The problem is many people mistakenly repost "wrong" blog posts(and videos) adding to the madness. Just because something has been shared, many times does not make it true.

It should be stated that no post is complete without a "good" headline and an image to hook readers. Many times the picture is wrong, and the headline is highly misleading.  It takes lots of time to find a picture of the asteroid or use a telescope to image the asteroid in question.  This requirement of time will lead many writers to find any old image of any old asteroid. Many times if the author used a real picture of the asteroid internet users would not click.

Finally one should keep studying about asteroid there so much to know. One should not be afraid seeking good answers to questions. Just look for good sources of information. 

Feb 26, 2016

The Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) on 2016-02-25

 Background
(as of 2016-02-25)
 Astrometrica object verification window with a stack of 25- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (1 of 25) 120 Second Luminance BIN2 image taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (8 of 25) 120 Second Luminance BIN2 image taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (16 of 25) 120 Second Luminance BIN2 image taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (25 of 25) 120 Second Luminance BIN2 image taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia

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Feb 17, 2016

The Comet P/2016 BA14 (PANSTARRS) on 2016-02-16

 Background
(as of 2016-02-16)
Astrometrica object verification window with a stack of (1 of 3) 8-120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
Astrometrica object verification window with a stack of (2 of 3) 8-120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
Astrometrica object verification window with a stack of (3 of 3) 8-120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
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Feb 3, 2016

The NEO 2016 BA14 on 2016 02 01

 Background
(as of 2016-02-02)
 Astrometrica object verification window with a stack of 25- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia NOTE: there is an "digital artifact" in  image number 6
 Astrometrica object verification window with a(1 of 5) stack of 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (2 of 5) stack of 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia. NOTE: there is an "digital artifact" in one of the  images so this observation was NOT submitted.
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (3 of 5) stack of 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia.

 Astrometrica object verification window with a (4 of 5) stack of 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia.
 Astrometrica object verification window with a (5 of 5) stack of 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia.
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Jan 29, 2016

The Asteroid 2016 BE on 2016-01-29

 Background
(as of 2016-01-29 14:50 UTC)
(Note this post was mabe before the Daily Orbit Update  therefor  some of the infomation here may quickly become out dated) 
 Astrometrica object verification window with a(1 of 3) stack of 13- 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) at (MPC Code H06) Mayhill, New Mexico (New Mexico Skies)
 Astrometrica object verification window with a(2 of 3) stack of 13- 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) at (MPC Code H06) Mayhill, New Mexico (New Mexico Skies)
 Astrometrica object verification window with a(3 of 3) stack of 13- 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) at (MPC Code H06) Mayhill, New Mexico (New Mexico Skies)
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Jan 25, 2016

The Asteroid 2016 BE on 2016-01-25

 Background
(as of 2016-01-25 06:30 UTC)
(Some of the infomation here may quickly become out dated) 
 Astrometrica object verification windows with a(1 of 4) stack of 22 - 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T7 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code I89) AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain
 Astrometrica object verification windows with a(2 of 4) stack of 22 - 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T7 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code I89) AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain
 Astrometrica object verification windows with a(3 of 4) stack of 22 - 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T7 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code I89) AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain
 Astrometrica object verification windows with a(1 of 4) stack of 22 - 15 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T7 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD) at (MPC Code I89) AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain
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Jan 24, 2016

The NEO 2015 TY178 on 2016-01-23

 Background
(as of 2016-01-23) 
 Astrometrica object verification window with a(1 of 3) stack of 15- 20 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia

 Astrometrica object verification window with a(2 of 3) stack of 15- 20 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia
Astrometrica object verification window with a(3 of 3) stack of 15- 20 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at (MPC Code Q62) Siding Spring NSW Australia

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